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Great Expectations - This essay is about a boy called Pip who is from a very humble background.

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Great Expectations This essay is about a boy called Pip who is from a very humble background. Pip meets Miss Havisham who is a rich, but eccentric lady. This essay is also about how Dickens makes the reader feel sympathetic towards Pip. In the extract it says that Pip was in a graveyard looking at his father's grave, and he reads from the grave next to it 'Also Georgina wife of the above'. This tells me that Pip is an orphan. Pip lives with his older sister and her husband. When Pip talks to Magwhich in the graveyard, Magwhich says 'who d'ya live with supposing '. Pip replies 'my sister, Sir - Mrs Joe Gargery - wife of Joe Gargery the blacksmith, Sir. From what Pip has replied we also no that Joe is a blacksmith. ...read more.

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Joe tells Pip that Mrs Joe 'rampaged out' looking for Pip with 'tickler' (in other words Mrs Joe is going to beat Pip). Mrs Joe says 'why did I bring you up by hand' etc. Pip probably feels no love, which also makes you feel sorry for him. The language Mrs Joe gives Pip is not loving. While Pip and him family are eating Christmas dinner the grown ups tell Pip he should be grateful and that he has been a lot of trouble, which makes the reader feel sorry for Pip. Pip gets an invitation to go and play at Miss Havishams house. Mrs Joe is very excited because in those days it was very uncommon for common people such as Pip to meet or talk to more upper class , wealthy people such as Miss Havisham. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Pip first sees Mrs Havisham he (as the narrator) describes her very well. When Pip first sees Mrs Havisham he as the narrator says 'sat the strangest lady I have every seen'. Mrs Havisham speaks to Pip normally as a friend but sometimes she speaks to him, as he should do what he is told. Mrs Havisham asks Pip what he thinks about Estella Pip says 'I think she is very proud' and he says 'I think she is very pretty' and he also says 'I think she is very insulting'. Estella makes Pip feel stupid. She is the person who makes him relies he is common and poor, and from then he decides one day he wants to be a gentleman. Estella is always calling Pip 'boy'. She also says to him 'your nothing but a stupid clumsy labouring boy' Estella's words really hurt Pip because he is falling in love with her, which makes the reader feel sorry for Pip. ...read more.

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